Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

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Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

Emma Bovary is the beautiful, frustrated wife of a provincial doctor. Torn between fantasy and reality, Emma, mesmerising to the opposite sex, embarks...

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Super

ProA great French classic

ConsAn unappealing heroine from my male viewpoint

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^ Emma Bovary is bored. She’s bored with her humdrum life; married to a boring and mediocre doctor she lives under the burden that people judge her only relative to her husband and she struggles to find her own identity...

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ProGreat characterisation, amazing descriptive style,...

ConsDescriptive bombardment may not suit everyone!

I have heard this book described as a great paradigm for modern feminism. Personally, Im not convinced. I spent half of my reading time trying to decide whether its female protagonist - Emma Bovary, is weak, feeble and manipulative or a passionate woman destroyed by the confinements of her sex...

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Excellent

ProSparkling prose, literary description at its best

ConsDon't expect a moral fairy tale…

Madame Bovary is, in essence, an exploration of provincial boredom, and, ironically for one of the best loved of all nineteenth-century novels, the dangers of reading books. Published in 1857, it was a controversial novel causing a moral uproar that, before his subsequent acquittal, actually...

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“She's a bit of a Madame!”

published 29/03/2004

ProGood characterisation

ConsCharacters have become rather dated

Indulge me a moment while I relate a short tale. More years ago than I care to remember, when I was at school, we were assigned, in a French oral class, the task of working in pairs, one of us taking the part of a police officer and the other a witness, to converse in French, asking for and...

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ProApparently a literary classic; some excellent char...

ConsFairly predictable plot

On the face of it, this looks like being a really good read. The cover (I read the Oxford World's Classics edition) tells the reader how the book is a landmark of world literature; how it marked a great shift in French literature; etc, etc. So you set about it with high hopes. The book tells the...

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Excellent

ProAn enduring classic with excellent characterisatio...

ConsWill seem a little daunting to those new to fench ...

When first introduced to Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, you may seem a little daunted by the mere fact that it is a french classic. My advice - do not be! It is pure class and in my opinion, Flaubert's masterpiece. Within moments of beginning to read this book you are captivated by the main...

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“The Adultress and Innuendo”

published 20/02/2003

ProNot a long book

ConsYou will read the translation

Madame Bovary throws into the mix the banalities of marriage, passion and death. Meant to be based on a true story, it focuses on the disappointment that accompanies married life. Rather than play the dutiful wife and mother, Flaubert uses Bovary to show how the failure of reality to satisfy can...

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“Emma Bovary is our sister”

published 01/11/2000

ProThis is a book for today's woman

ConsNone

I suspect that Emma Bovary was not meant to be a feminist icon,but that is how I see her.When the young Emma left home to marry the respectable but oh-so-dull Doctor Charles Bovary,she did so as a young girl with a heart full of romance and passion.Trapped in a boring marriage,and seeking the...

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“simmering passion”

published 17/07/2000

Profew

Consrealism

The recent BBC film version of this placed too much emphasis on the passion in the book. We all know that sex sells nowadays, but explicit sex got works of art banned in the time of Flaubert. The sense of inexplicable passion is present in the book but it always simmers below the surface. The...

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Emma Bovary is the beautiful, frustrated wife of a provincial doctor. Torn between fantasy and reality, Emma, mesmerising to the opposite sex, embarks upon love affairs which belie her class aspirations, but are true to her soul. "Madame Bovary" is a compelling portrayal of the intensity of human passion, a characteristic which is Emma's greatest attribute, yet one which ultimately leads to tragedy.

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Type: Fiction

Genre: Classics

Title: Madame Bovary

Author: Gustave Flaubert

ISBN: 207041311X

EAN: 9782070413119

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Listed on Ciao since: 17/07/2000